Bradfield CC win again to go 19 points clear at the top


Bradfield's dream start to the season continued on Saturday when they made it four wins out of four since their promotion to Division One of the Norfolk Alliance.

The team were looking to ride their wave of confidence and continue their perfect start to season when they took on Mattishall in their first home game of the season.

And they duly got the job done again, winning by eight wickets to go 19 points clear at the top of the table.

The bad weather teased but luckily kept at bay for the game to start as Mattishall won the toss deciding to bat first. Bradfield's dominant bowling attack revelled in showing off on home soil, putting pressure on the visitors' batting line-up.

Mattishall's opening pair, Oliver Hubbard and Jay Eastoe-Smith, got off to a flashy start before Michael Seago got the breakthrough by getting Eastoe-Smith caught behind.

Bradfield's tight bowling, Alex Johnson standing out going for one run an over for his 10 overs, and excellent fielding, summed up by an outstanding run out by Ed Botwright, was just too much for Mattishall as they only managed just 99 all out.

Ben Parkyn top scored with 36 not out while the wickets were shared around Bradfield's powerhouse attack with Michael Seago, Jeremy Wright, Alex Johnson and Timothy Wiseman all picking up two.

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In reply, Bradfield were looking to get the job done quickly and pick up maximum points as their opening pair Chris Scannell and Oliver Kimber took to the crease. However, Gordon Chetwood had other plans as he picked up the wicket of Kimber for a duck, bringing Alex Johnson to the crease. Scannell and Johnson dominated the Mattishall bowling attack and raced towards the small target before the heavens opened and stopped play briefly.

Once play resumed Scannell brought up his half century just before Jason Spalding got his wicket leg before for 51 with Bradfield's score on 94, meaning that the home team lost out on maximum points. Bradfield quickly finished off the game, Johnson finishing on 29 not out, adding yet another dominating performance to their 2017 campaign.

Bradfield will be aiming to go marching on at the top on Saturday when they travel to Dereham (1pm).